OR, Series 1, Vol. 39, Part 3, Page 815

Headquarters Forrest's Cavalry
October 12, 1864
Lieut. Gen. R. Taylor
Commanding &c.
   The Mobile & Ohio road can be repaired from this place to Bethel or Henderson Station in a short time, but from Bethel to Jackson {Tennessee} the road is nearly entirely destroyed, and as there is much trestle-work it will take some time to rebuild the road and place it in running order. I am of the opinion the cars can be run to Bethel in two weeks, but it will require six weeks or two months to finish the road to Jackson. If you determine to rebuild the road most of the labor must be furnished from below. There are but few negroes from here to Jackson . The country has been destroyed, and I am satisfied laborers cannot be had near the road sufficient to make the necessary repairs.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
N. B. Forrest